Dirty Indicator” is nothing but the indication of “Modified Unsaved” file in Visual Studio IDE. In Visual Studio 2010, by default dirty icon shows as “*”. Using productivity tool we can customize this icon.

To launch the VS 2010 productivity Tool, from Visual Studio IDE Go To Tools > Option > Productivity Power Tool

DirtyIndicator_Option 

You will find the Dirty Indicator under Document Tab Well > General Settings . Dirty Indicator having 4 different value, by default sets to “Default” which means it will indicate unsaved modified file as “*” .

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Now you can easily change the indicator value from the dropdown list. There are four different option of Indicator.

  • Default
  • Small Dot DirtyIndicatorType
  • Dot
  • Disk

Below is the list of icon that represented by each indicator.

AllIndicators

I have set my dirty indicator to “Small Dot”. What’s yours ? :)

Below are the list of post by me related with Visual Studio Productivity Tool 2010.

Use “Shift+Enter” to add “;” automatically at end of the line – Visual Studio 2010 Productivity Power Tool

“View this as root” – A Solution Navigator features in VS 2010 Productivity Power Tools  

And some best article from web blogs  and msdn which will definitely help you

http://weblogs.asp.net/scottgu/archive/2010/07/19/vs-2010-productivity-power-tools-update-with-some-cool-new-features.aspx

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/visualstudio/archive/2010/07/18/new-version-of-the-productivity-power-tools-is-available.aspx

http://weblogs.asp.net/nmarun/archive/2010/07/20/vs-2010-productivity-power-tools.aspx

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Cheers !!
AJ